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76040 Research Thesis

6cp; availability: all students in LLB and LLB combined programs, and who are in line to receive their law degree with Honours
Requisite(s): ((70120 Legal Method and Research OR 70102 Foundations of Law) AND 76090 Research Methodology)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 77740 Research Paper AND 78102 LLM Project by Research


This elective subject comprises the research and writing of a supervised thesis on an approved topic in law. This subject must be undertaken before a student can be awarded an undergraduate law degree with honours. The thesis is in the range of 10,000 to 12,000 words in length. Students engage in high order legal research and scholarship appropriate to legal practice and future higher degree academic study.

Students have the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate a topic of law of their own choosing. Students apply the research skills and knowledge gained in 76090 Research Methodology by refining the thesis topic and applying an appropriate methodology to answer the research question identified. Students further develop their communication and research skills by writing a sustained and persuasive argument that demonstrates the ability to articulate legal issues, evaluate and synthesise research materials, and to think creatively and strategically. Students attend an initial workshop and engage in discussion (led by faculty academics and relevant panels of UTS staff, including library staff, and former UTS: Law honours students) on central aspects for the submission of a well-crafted thesis. This includes discussion of methodology; writing skills; integrity and time management. Students are supported through the process of writing the thesis by their academic supervisor who provides feedback on the progress of the thesis and student learning. Students also develop skills in self-management by undertaking self-directed work and learning and by responding to and applying feedback.


This subject was formerly called Research Project 4.

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